Some bad news and some good news this week in Canadian running.
Cameron Levins drops out of London marathon
AthleticsIllustrated@AthIllustrated@CamLevins withdraws from @LondonMarathon @AthleticsCanada https://t.co/RoiBpHKvhu #marathon https://t.co/L9ZjruwKm6
Cam Levins, who set the Canadian marathon record in his debut at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2018, was set to attempt 42.2 for the second time in London. It was announced this week that Cam will no longer be running the race, citing “a bit of patellar tendinitis,” according to Athletics Illustrated.
Considering Cam had foot surgery in 2017 and has spent a long time working his way back to an elite performance level, it’s not surprising he’s being cautious. Here’s hoping he gets better and is back racing soon.
Reid Coolsaet out of Hamburg marathon
The bad news keeps on coming. In a post on his website, Reid Coolsaet revealed he won’t be running Hamburg in April, as previously announced. He’s had a few bumps in the road with his training and has decided that running this race isn’t in his best interest at this time.
“I think that is just a little too late to have a legitimate shot at a good race in Hamburg,” he wrote. He’s still focused on qualifying for the 2020 Olympics.
In the post, Reid also looks at the new IAAF Olympic qualifying standards and reflects on his time training in Boulder. It’s worth a read.
Canada does well at world cross-country championships
Canada had a strong showing at the World Cross-Country championships on March 30 in Denmark. The U20 women’s team came sixth, the U20 men’s team came 12th, the senior women’s team came seventh and the senior men’s team came 16th and the mixed relay team came seventh.
The top individual performance was Genevieve Lalonde, who finished 20th overall in the senior women’s race, the top Canadian placing in that race since 2004.
The race has ignited a new conversation about whether cross-country should return to the Olympics. Inside the Games has a great look at the history of this sport at the Games, and what the future might look like.
The Barkley Marathons were this weekend
The Barkley Marathons took place over the weekend, and will continue through Monday. I’m writing this on Sunday night, so the race isn’t quite over yet, but it’s looking unlikely there will be any finishers in 2019. The cut-off to finish this year’s race is 9:23pm Monday night.
Three Canadians attempted the 100+ mile race this year: Jodi Isenor, Morgan Mckay and Stephanie Case. None of the Canadians completed more than one loop of the course.
If you want to know more about the race, Outside magazine has a great article from 2013 that’s worth reading.
Two new running books I can’t wait to read
Two new running books came out recently and I have ordered them and can’t wait to read them.
The Passion Paradox by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness explores how to find, curate and maintain passion for sport. Both authors have been doing the media rounds, but I especially enjoyed Brad’s conversation with Mario Fraioli on The Morning Shakeout.
The second book is 26 Marathons by Meb Keflezighi with Scott Douglas. Meb, the great American runner, recounts his 26 professional marathons, one chapter at a time, and shares the big lessons he’s learned from each one.
Outside has an excerpt about Meb’s first Boston, which you can read here.
Strides: links I liked
This Women’s Running Q+A with American marathoner Shalane Flanagan is interesting, mostly because it highlights all the nuance and prep that goes into being a good sports commentator. Shalane will be on the broadcast team for the 2019 Boston Marathons.
Runner’s World had a nice piece about Tina Muir, a British runner who stepped back from professional racing to deal with amenorrhea and start a family. Muir had a baby and recently returned to racing, winning the Disney World Princess half-marathon.
One of the podcasts I listen to regularly is Ali on the Run. Ali Feller is a runner and writer in NYC. She recently did a week of seven episodes — one per day — titles “Ali & the Experts week.” Not all the episodes were my jam, but I really enjoyed the running/performance/health episodes. The experts were great communicators and knew their stuff. She spoke to run coach Mary Johnson, dietitian Kelly Hogan, physical therapist Brynn Fessette O'Neill, sex and relationships educator Dr. Logan Levkoff, financial advisor Shannon McLay, dermatologist Dr. Rachel Nazarian and sports psychologist Dr. Nicole Detling.
That’s it for this week! Thanks for reading and keep on running.
Feel free to forward to anyone who might enjoy a random round-up of Canadian-ish running-ish things!
If you want to get in touch, send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.